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Is your yard party ready?

June 10, 2015

Summer is almost here, the weather is getting warmer.  It is time for Graduation Parties, Family BBQ’s and maybe even a Summer Wedding.  Do you have your yard ready to entertain for the summer?

Give yourself at least a week to prepare for any outdoor event, longer if it is a bigger event.  Step back and look around your yard.  What do you like about your yard/landscaping, what would you like to change?  Write down areas that you would like to see improved so you can refer to your list and check off the item when it is completed.

       Do you have enough chairs or standing space for everyone?  Whether you have lawn chairs or more permanent outdoor loveseats/couches, make sure that your furniture is wiped down and ready for your guests to sit on.  If you have a tent or canopy, make sure this is in working order and that it is secured to the ground.  Inspect your deck for any loose railings or splitting wood.  Make sure that any walk ways are clear so your guests can move around easily. 

       Even though you are outdoors, making sure that you have the proper lighting can help avoid any accidents while adding great decorations.  Solar lights are inexpensive and easy to install.  If you have a string of lights, this can add an element of fun to your party.  String lights across your yard, wrap them around your deck railings or even yet hang long strands of lights from your trees.  Citronella Candles will help keep away the mosquitos and having a bonfire is a great place for your guests to gather---don’t forget to have items on hand to make s’mores!

       Music at your party is a must have.  Whether it is an elegant out door gathering, hanging out with friends, or having a kid’s birthday party, make sure the music that you have fits the theme of the party that you are hosting.  If it is a dinner party, you might not want the music on really loud, if it is a group of friends…turn up the music! You might even have an impromptu dance party!  Having outdoor speakers is a great addition to the patio or deck area.  If you don’t have a sound system outdoors, you can always bring the music out for the night.  Make sure that it can easily be covered in case of inclement weather.

       Keep your lawn looking its best by mowing and tackling the weeds early.  If you have weeds in your yard, it could take up to 2 weeks for a weed treatment to work. Make sure to not water the yard the day before or the day of the party…nobody wants to walk around on wet grass. If you need to mow your lawn do this at least two days before your party, remember to bag so your guests aren’t walking around in grass clippings.

       Make your garden bloom. Does your garden area look healthy?  Weed out your perennial flower beds or vegetable gardens making sure that everything is trimmed and healthy looking.  Do you need a pop of color?  Brighten up your yard or patio area by bringing in flower pots with annuals in bright colors.            

 

       If you have a backyard pond or water feature, take the guess work out of managing them.   Use a complete pond kit that has an algaecide, herbicide, pond dye and nutrient reducers to keep your pond area looking great.  Depending on the type of weed that you may have in your pond or back yard water garden, treat your pond at the beginning of the season and then keep it looking great with periodic algaecide/nutrient reduction treatments.  Bring peace and tranquility to your water features and keep them beautiful all year long.

       Toy overload.  Kids love playing outside.  If you have young children, having a bucket filled with their outdoor toys is a great way to keep the toys organized but yet accessible.  Plus, if you aren’t having a kid friendly party, you can then easily pick up the bucket and tuck it in a shed or garage for the day.  If you have kids coming over and don’t have kids of your own, having a kick ball, side walk chalk or a container of bubbles is a great way to keep the kiddos entertained.

        Tasty Food and Drinks.  Make sure that your grill is cleaned and ready to throw on the burgers and brats.  It is a good idea to check that you have enough propane or charcoal on hand.  If it is hot outside, your guests may drink more beverages.  Keep plenty of ice and drinks on hand so everyone stays hydrated.

 

Even though you plan on being outdoors, make sure that you have enough space inside the house in case you need to move the festivities indoors.  Outdoor entertaining should be a great time to get together and hang out with friends and family.  Don’t forget the decorations and FUN! 

Enhanced Pricing for Mizzen® Algaecide and Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye

June 10, 2015

We are introducing new pricing for our Mizzen® Algaecide and Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye.  The new pricing will allow home and business owners to keep ahead of the scum levels and add a pleasing blue color to their pond, lake or water feature while getting a better value.

A Gallon of Mizzen® covers approximately half an acre for $31.00.  It is also available with special bulk pricing as low as $25.95 per gallon. Mizzen® is a copper based algaecide that attacks filamentous and planktonic algae on contact.  The algae will die within hours of being treated. With summer fast approaching, algal blooms can occur as frequently as every 10-14 days.  By keeping  a copper based algaecide on hand, you will be able to keep your scum levels under control and help prevent toxic algae from forming.

Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye will add a natural looking color to your ponds or fountain and may be applied monthly for year-long beauty. Each gallon covers one acre and is available with special gallon pricing for $21.00 each gallon.  Aquatic dyes are non-toxic and may be used in ponds that are used for swimming or that contain fish.  Application is as easy as pouring the dye into the water.  Within a few hours, the dye will quickly spread throughout the pond, lake, or water feature.

“We are happy to offer Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® in a variety of sizes while offering a special gallon rate,” says Mary Jo Furman, Retail Sales Supervisor at Lake Restoration. “We want consumers to be able to keep their ponds beautiful all season long with minimal effort.”  For those that may have a small backyard pond or water feature, Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® are available in pints, quarts and half gallon sizes.  Mizzen® and Sapphire Bay® are both manufactured by Lake Restoration, Inc. in Rogers, MN.

 

In addition to the bulk pricing, home owners can work with our Lake Restoration experts to custom a complete pond kit that will enhance the overall health and appearance of your pond. Both Mizzen® algaecide and Sapphire Bay®blue pond dye are included in the PONDRestore® kits, a complete pond kit that controls floating and submerged weeds, eliminates algae, reduces phosphorus and restores your pond’s health.

Are you Using the Correct Herbicide for your Pond or Lake?

June 10, 2015

What kind of weeds are in your pond? Duckweed, Watermeal, or Submerged Pond Weeds?  How about the weeds in your lake?  Curlyleaf, Milfoil, or Hydrilla? Let our experts help you get the right herbicide for the plant that you are trying to get rid of.

Duckweed is a very small floating green plant, usually smaller than your smallest fingernail.  Watermeal is an even smaller floating plant.  It is usually no larger than a pin head and it shows no visible roots.  Both duckweed and watermeal reproduce very rapidly.  If they are left untreated they can quickly take over a pond within a matter of a couple of weeks. 

If you have Duckweed or Submerged Weeds in your pond, we recommend using the herbicide Fluridone.   Not only will Fluridone control duckweed, it will also control nearly all submerged pondweed varieties.  This herbicide is great for treating an entire body of water and will stay suspended long in the water giving you more control over the plants that you want to get rid of.  We recommend getting the PONDRestore® kit that includes the Fluridone herbicide.  With a few simple steps you will easily control your floating and submerged weeds, get rid of the algae, reduce nutrients and restore your pond’s color to a beautiful deep blue.

Watermeal is generally a more difficult plant to control, and it often coexists with duckweed.  At times it is mistaken for seeds floating on the surface.  A great herbicide for controlling watermeal is Clipper.  Not only will it control your floating weeds, it also treats a variety of algae and submerged weeds.  When using Clipper we recommend applying it as early in the day as possible on a day with good sunlight.  Try to get as much coverage over the entire surface when applying this product.  To get the best overall health for your pond, we recommend using the PONDRestore® Watermeal kit.  This kit includes the Clipper herbicide and will also include Mizzen® Algaecide, Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye and two Nutrient reducers to promote a healthy pond and clarify the water.

If you have lakefront and are only looking at controlling the plants that are located in a specific area such as a dock or swimming area, we recommend using a herbicide that is quickly absorbed by the plants or one that is available in a granular form.  This will give you the most control in the designated area.  Weeds such as Curlyleaf or Milfoil can be controlled with the herbicide Diquat.  Using Diquat in your dock area, you will quickly be able to control the weeds.  When the weeds are near the water’s surface you can simply spray the herbicide or you can even place the sprayer nozzle into the water to “inject” the mixture. 

If you are trying to control Hydrilla, Hydrothol Granular is a popular aquatic herbicide and algaecide that controls nearly all lake weeds and algae varieties.    It works best on firm, sandy lake bottoms and will improve your access to the water for recreation activities.  It can easily be applied with a scoop or broadcast spreader when the plants are actively growing.  It is most effective when applied on a calm day when the water temperature is 60°F or above.

Don’t let submerged weeds and algae take over your summer!  We recommend using the RestoreAccess®.  With this kit you will kill algae with Mizzen®, control submerged weeds with Diquat and even eliminate muck and sludge with Muck Maid®.  If you don’t want to spray the products, the kit is available in a granular form, RestoreAccess® “G”.  When using the “G” kit for effective weed management we recommend doing two applications, approximately four to six weeks apart.

Whether you are trying to control the plants in your pond or lake, we’ve brought together the most effective products to provide your pond or lake with relief from weeds and algae for the entire season.  We’ve tested and used all of the products that we are recommending.  If you are uncertain of what type of weed you have, send us a picture!  Our Plant Experts would be happy to identify which plants you have and give you the appropriate recommendation so you can get back to enjoying the water!

Is your pond ready for Spring?

June 1, 2015

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds have not started to grow yet.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Kit. 

 

Do you have a Geese Problem?

April 28, 2014

Have geese made their way back to your lawn?  Keep the geese out.  Protect your shoreline while allowing easy dock access. Or, protect an entire pond by enclosing the perimeter.  Geese prefer easy access to grass and need to drink water about every 30 minutes.  Enjoy walking bare foot on your lawn again.  The Goose D-Fence system can help rid your property of nuisance geese.  The Goose D-Fence is a retractable fence that can be installed or removed in minutes.  When it comes time to play, mow, or access the water, simply wind it up!  Also, the Goose D-Fence is a great geese deterrent and the system is inconspicuous.  Your view of the water is not affected.

The Goose D-Fence has two lines that create a barrier between water and the grass.  Geese will seek the path of least resistance and move on to other locations with easier access.  During a few months each summer, geese shed enough feathers to lose their ability to fly.  At other times, they simply prefer not to fly if they don’t have to.

Each Goose D-Fence system includes the patented retractable system and post with a stainless steel receptacle and one additional post.  It covers 250’ with a typical two line set up. Extra posts are available for purchase to accommodate your individual needs.  We recommend an additional post for each 50’ you are spanning.  x

When Should I Dye My Pond?

April 23, 2014

Due to uncontrollable geographic properties, a pond’s water may become dull, cloudy, or a dirty brown. A great way to reconcile this and enhance the beauty of your pond is to use special dyes designed for ponds. Pond dyes can be applied at any time.  They are not chemicals and will not kill the weeds and algae; however, a pond dye will help slow down weed and algae growth.

We do recommend dying your pond in the spring to help reduce weed growth.  This will significantly filter the amount of sunlight that gets to the underwater plants and algae, effectively slowing their growth and limiting the amount of regrowth you’ll experience throughout the season.

Pond dyes are best used in conjunction with herbicide and algaecide applications. The concentrates are easy to use.  Pour the correct dose into the pond at one or more locations.  Natural water movement will disperse the dye within a few hours throughout the pond.  All dyes are food-grade, which means that they will pose no threat to wildlife (fish or otherwise) if the dyed water is consumed. This means there are no restrictions on swimming, fishing, irrigation, or livestock watering when using a pond dye.

Our Sapphire Bay Blue Pond Dye contains a blend of blue and yellow dyes to block out specific light rays that are critical to photosynthesis.  It will leave your water a natural, pleasing blue color.  Continue to use a pond dye throughout the summer to keep your pond looking great!

Loch Ness Black Pond Dye is great to use in the fall months because it will filter a significant amount of the sunlight from reaching the underwater weeds and algae.  This substantially slows the regrowth of aquatic nuisances, leading to less growth the following spring.  This black dye will give your pond a bottomless and reflective appearance.

Keep your pond, lake, or water feature looking its best with a Pond Dye. To enhance the overall health of your pond and reduce the amount of regrowth, we recommend using our PONDRestore® kit.  You will be able to eliminate floating and submerged weeds, reduce the nutrients with SparKlear®, clear up remaining algae with Mizzen®, and diminish weed growth with our Sapphire Bay® Blue Pond Dye.  

Is your pond ready for Spring?

April 15, 2014

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds are just starting to grow.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit. 

Pond Ice Rinks: A Great Way to Enjoy your Pond All Year Long!

January 7, 2014

It can be a sad time of year when we have to hang up the hat on our summer pond time.  But that doesn’t mean that all of your good-time pond-time has to end.  It’s easy to turn those hours of summer enjoyment into winter fun with a pond ice rink. More...

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String Algae Control is Vital to the Health of your Pond

November 13, 2013

Spirogyra, a.k.a. string algae, is an aquatic plant comprised of cylindrical cells that form long, thin, green filaments that can look like hair floating in the water of your lake, pond, or water feature.  It is quite common to find this algae in fresh water and it tends to grow in large, slimy masses. In the spring, spirogyra are only found underwater but as the water warms, the plant produces large amounts of oxygen, which becomes trapped in the algae’s hair-like masses and helps to raise the algae to the water’s surface.  It then attaches itself to rocks or other solid parts of a water feature or pond, resulting in a string algae control problem. More...

Pond Dredging is a Last Resort -- Try Weed Control and Management First

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Pond dredging is complicated and expensive.  Clearing a small pond can cost several thousand dollars while a larger one could cost you over $10,000.  Hard to believe? Here are some things to consider in the cost: rental of the machinery, the necessary expert contractor to operate it, and the planning and costs of weed and muck disposal.  It is possible that a pricey permit in your area will be required as well. More...

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